He’s the Man heading over to collect his ribbons
I’m back from the horse show. Since my laptop was locked in my parents’ car most of the time, and I was getting back from the show late, the only time I had to blog was first thing in the morning. The show started at 9, and since I had to grab a shuttle over to Freedom Hall, that didn’t leave me much time to post!
I was able to meet the people that I purchased Blondie from. I was hoping to see one of their yearlings, Bingo Night, but they sent her home on Thursday. SOB!! There was a picture of her in one of the show publications that was released every morning, so I at least have her picture. Ann said she would send a picture and a video, and I hope she remembers.
He’s the Man’s victory pass
The highlight of the Friday night classes was the Amateur Roadster to Bike Championship. What an exciting class! The judges called for two workouts, where they ask part of the class to show again, because they couldn’t decide on a winner. I love the roadster classes to begin with, and to see horses of this quality compete was really fun! Incidentally, William Shatner was driving one of the horses, and he came in second, for all of you Star Trek freaks out there.
Saturday night, decked out in a dress and my tennis shoes (my dress shoes were in my camera bag, but I had developed a blister from all of the walking, and couldn’t wear them!), I watched He’s the Man take first place in the Five Gaited World’s Grand Championship. There was no workout, which was disappointing, and though the winner looked good, I think Five O’Clock looked better. He’s the Man had a few issues, and wasn’t what I would consider the "perfect" horse. He broke the first way of the ring, and I don’t think he deserved the championship. He is a beautiful horse, though. I think I liked his conformation the best. I think Echo of Thunder was second, and Five O’Clock was third, but I was so tired from being out late and getting up early that I might have them reversed. EDIT: I do have them reversed. Five O’Clock was second, and Echo of Thunder was third.
I was able to see Along Came A Spider again, but she came in second! I love this horse! I think she should have won. I found that I often didn’t agree with the judges, but I’m sure that is mostly because I’m new to whole thing and don’t really understand what they are judging yet. One thing that really bugged me, though, was the number of last year’s (and the year before, and before that, even!) that won again this year. This sport reminds me of figure skating – there’s a lot of politics going on in the background.
I wasn’t able to enjoy food this trip. I found myself stuck at the fairgrounds most of the time, which meant eating fair food. Yuck! I am now thoroughly sick of corn dogs. There is a restaurant in Freedom Hall, and I had an expensive buffet lunch there, which I really enjoyed, but I didn’t discover it’s exsistance until the end of the week. It was nice to sit in the air conditioning, and have people run over to fill my coffee cup every time it dipped below the halfway mark. Next year I will probably eat there a couple days if I go again.
On Saturday, I went shopping at the Executive Inn with the barn people. Since I had already been through the shops, there wasn’t anything new to look at. I did purchase a dufflebag with a saddlebred embroidered on the front, and the day before I purchased a garment bag, some jods, and 2 lapel pins. Most of the vendors were high-priced, exclusive shops, and their wares were a tad too rich for my humble means.
I only covered the most important stuff, so I don’t bore anyone. If you want more details, I’ll fill you in later!